Fast Food Review: Double Stack from Wendy’s
I feel compelled to give the chickens of the world a break. It seems as though chicken has dominated the posts lately. Time for a good, old- fashioned value menu burger review. Add this to the line of the ever-shrinking burgers at Wendy’s, I present to you, the Double Stack.
As a kid, I remember getting a Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and thinking it was the greatest fast food burger ever. I was smaller then and the 99cent burger was the perfect size for me. As I grew up, it continued to be a favorite of mine and still got the job done, but usually in double doses. Then a few years back the burger shrank! It would now take 3 Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers to fill the spot that 2 would in the past. It was truly a “Where’s the Beef?” moment for me. I gave it up altogether. I felt as though corners were being cut at epic levels at Wendy’s and I found the value menu to lose it’s…well, value. Actually, isn’t it called the Super Value Menu now? No more Biggie/Super Biggie right? I get confused by the different value menu names there are for each place. Anyways, this “Super Value Menu” really became anything but super. With the introduction of the Double Stack value menu burger, I was enticed by what I saw. A rival to the $1.00 (at the time) McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger, but with the Wendy’s taste that I prefer. Boy was I in for a shock when I actually encountered the Double Stack for the first time.
The Double Stack is 2 burger patties, American cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles and onions on a regular soft bun. Sounds good and I’ll admit, it tastes pretty good too, but the burger patties are laughably small. It almost seems to be some kind of joke. Apparently, each square patty is 1.78oz so doubled up you’ve come up just shy of a quarter pound of beef. I must be out of it because it just doesn’t seem to be the case. Maybe the 1.78oz per patty is the pre-cooked weight, and when it’s cooked it shrinks to even more pathetic levels. Whatever the weight, just don’t be fooled by the pictures. It’s just a step above a mini burger in my opinion. I know what you might be thinking…’but it’s a value menu item, how big do you expect it to be?’ Well you’re right, I never had HUGE expectations for this thing but it is rather shocking upon a first encounter. Although I must say, my previous love affair with the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger crashed much harder after it went on a trip to fat camp and came back a lot smaller. I guess the smaller value burger patties wouldn’t bug me so much if not for the fact that I always hear it advertised as a 99cent item, yet I can never seem to find it for less than $1.49. I guess I’m just being nitpicky but I’m obviously still disgruntled by the new, slimmer version of my old fave the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger. I need to let it go. Times are changing and value menus are changing. Time to accept it.
All my gripes about the ‘incredible shrinking burger’ are surely at the forefront of my current hostility. A big positive is that the classic Wendy’s taste, I am happy to report, is still there. I’m a fan of the burgers at Wendy’s and I applaud that I am rarely disappointed by the freshness of the condiments I get with the burgers. Maybe this is all just a backwards way of Wendy’s telling me to stop being such a glutton and learn to enjoy smaller portions…there I go again. I can’t get over it.
Pros: Has the classic Wendy's taste that I like. Fresh condiments. Nice soft bun.
Cons: Deceptively small.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $0.99 (I seem to always pay $1.49 and that alters my score lower)
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: Wendys.com
Calories - 360
Total Fat - 18 grams
Saturated Fat - 8 grams
Carbs - 26 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 810 milligrams
Sugars - 6 grams
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Protein - 23 grams